Recently, as goes my diabetes and training, I started to take better care of myself and really eat well again. Not that I ever really stopped eating well, my guess is that most of my college roommates thought that I ate well, but now I really do eat "healthier" food on a regular basis, hence the quote I say to Jamie. One of my co-workers even said to me, "Bren have you ever had a big mac". Once, I've had one.
A short time ago, my friends Jon and Jose at school have gone "gluten free". As wikipedia states:
- "A gluten-free diet is a diet completely free of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and triticale. Gluten is also used as afood additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent [...]."
Then as time went on and I did more research into my diabetes, I kept coming across items on eating gluten free. I began to think, you know it makes sense, what else screws up blood sugars more than pizza, pasta, foods like this. So I started to read more. Then I found out this is a way to treat autism. One of the things I have always said is that I believe my diabetes is a product of food sources in our society, as are many problems.
Then I started to run into more items on, "the paleo diet" and "the paleo diet for athletes". I had also heard about this before but never given it much thought. Basically, the extreme version of gluten free. Eating all whole foods in fruits and vegetables, plenty of protein through fish and lean meats. Although at this point in my life it's hard to afford buying a ton of meats and fish, it is possible to eat more vegetables and fruits, something I definitely believe it will help the diabetes.
So why not try it? Why not cut out gluten totally? The more I read about it, the more I realize I hardly eat a lot of gluten foods, completely cutting out bread and grains could only strengthen my blood sugar readings, decrease recovery time from workouts and increase my life span (cutting out oatmeal is going to be really hard though). All of this processed food we all eat can't be good, if it was God would have made the granola bar tree instead of the apple tree.
This weekend, Jamie and I watched the 2010 Kona Ironman World Championship that I had recorded. The thing that stuck out to me the most was one age-group athletes quote. Lew Hollander, an 81-year old man that has competed in the Ironman 21 times was quoted as saying, "if you want to be healthy at 80, you better pay attention to what you are doing at 40". Well, if I want to live a long healthy life with diabetes I better pay attention to what I am doing at 24.
So I am going to start to cut gluten out of my diet and try it. Once work settles down at the end of the February I plan to completely go for it, bye bye gluten.
The body is a temple, shouldn't we treat it like one? You wouldn't put diesel food in a Ferrari.